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Exhibit Highlighting KC’s LGBTQ History Removed From Missouri Capitol

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The traveling exhibit created by University of Missouri-Kansas City students uses materials from the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America housed at the university's Miller Nichols Library.

A travelling LGBTQ exhibit scheduled to be in the Missouri State Capitol until December was removed just days after it opened.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is in charge of exhibits in the building.

The department initially offered its failure to follow a state statute as the reason for the removal. It later issued a statement saying the cause was complaints it received about the exhibit.

Missouri State Senator Greg Razer is the only openly gay member of the Senate and has been very vocal in demanding answers as to why the state relocated the exhibit to the Lohman Building, part of the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site.

When asked how his colleagues reacted Razer replied, ". . .there is anger that this history would be shoved in the closet and it's an embarrassment for how this makes the state of Missouri look on a national and international level."

  • Greg Razer, state senator, Missouri’s 7th District
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